Hearts for Hearing is a non-profit that provides auditory-verbal therapy for all ages with one of the largest teams of Listening and Spoken Language Specialists in the region. They are also one of the largest providers of cochlear implant services in this part of the country. With a mission so noble, an office of their own is well-deserved. BPAA was engaged to design the new home for Hearts for Hearing after years of leasing space that didn’t accommodate their needs. BPAA has worked closely with the client to ensure that each decision made during the design process upholds the goals of the client. The new office is slated to open in November, tracking on time and within the budget.
Computer mapping to connect the cochlear implants with the brain is just one of the amazing things that will happen inside the walls. The new corporate office is for office use; no procedures will happen there. Components include office space for speech pathologists and audiologists, nine sound booths, 10 administrative offices, and a soundproof testing room for research. Part of the second floor is currently vacant lease space that they can either lease to tenants or use for future growth.
The client prioritized a warm, comfortable and inviting environment within their new office space. Some families come to Hearts for Hearing and stay the entire day while their loved ones work with specialists. Mindful considerations were taken to prevent the space from feeling or looking like a “cold” medical facility. Limestone, glass and metal panels were used on the exterior as well as ample windows to set the tone for the experience here.